Frequently Asked Questions - Does Scotland have the necessary skills and facilities to ensure law and order in an independent Scotland?
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Yes. Scotland has its own legal profession, judiciary, police, prosecutors and other trained justice staff working in our courts, prisons and local criminal justice services.
Crime in Scotland is at a 39 year low and violent crime has almost halved since 2006/07. There are fewer victims of crime and more people feel that their communities are safer places to live. The effectiveness of Scotland’s justice system demonstrates the benefits of decisions being taken in Scotland.
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.